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Undergraduate Catalog | 2017-2018 
Undergraduate Catalog | 2017-2018 Previous Edition

Psychology, B.S.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 120 total earned credit hours is required for the degree.  The Major in Psychology requires 39 credit hours of coursework in the major, plus completion of a minor or second major, and other requirements as listed below.  Psychology coursework in five areas is required:  Research Methods/Critical Thinking Skills, Knowledge Base, Application of Psychology, Psychology Elective courses, and a Capstone course.  No more than 6 credit hours (two courses) may be double-counted with another major, minor, or General Education requirements.  General Psychology Lab may not be counted towards the major.

General Education Courses (37-41 credit hours)

For details on required courses, refer to the General Education Program 

Foreign Language Courses

Demonstrated proficiency in a foreign language at the 1202 level is required.

Major Courses (30 credit hours)

Knowledge Base Area Courses (12 credit hours)

Select one course from each sub-area:

Application of Psychology Area Courses (6 credit hours)

Select two of the following courses; both may be from the same area:

Minor or Second Major

Students pursuing a B.S. in Psychology are expected to be exposed to a depth of knowledge in at least one domain outside of psychology through their completion of a minor or second major. The choice of minor or second major should be considered in terms of the fulfillment of individual educational and vocational aspirations.

Capstone Course (3 credit hours)

Capstone courses serve as a culminating experience for the undergraduate program. Selection of a Capstone course should be made with future career and educational goals in mind. Enrollment in a Capstone course requires the student to have completed 90 or more hours of coursework, have a C or above in PSYC 2103 , and any additional prerequisites as required by the individual course. A Capstone course may not be taken during the same term as PSYC 2103 . Only one Senior Seminar may be taken. Students may select their Capstone from the following list of courses:

Unrestricted Elective Courses

As needed.

Academic Advising

Students should seek advising from the Psychology Advising for Student Success (PASS) Center about courses most beneficial to their career and educational goals. In addition, the Department of Psychological Science actively participates in several interdisciplinary areas of study, including Gerontology, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Cognitive Science.

Grade Requirements

A GPA of 2.0 or above must be achieved for the major. A grade of C or above in PSYC 1101 , PSYC 2101 , PSYC 2103 , a statistics  course, and the Capstone course within two attempts* is required to progress in the major. A grade of C or above is required in each of the two General Education science courses.

*Each of the following is considered an attempt: Withdrawing from the course after the drop deadline (may be appealed); grade replacement; audits; Pass/No Credit; Incompletes that convert to grades of F; and grades of A, B, C, D, or F.

Honors Program

For details about the Honors Program in Psychology, visit the program page .

Suggested Curriculum

For a suggested curriculum for this degree to map out a path toward completing the major, please see the Academic Plan of Study available online at academics.uncc.edu.